HAMILTON, NJ --  The once thriving, but now shuttered, Nearpara Rubber Company site in Hamilton may bounce back to life through the efforts of Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin and Municipal Council.   

On Tuesday the Township's legislative body supported a resolution calling for a redevelopment study of the  East State Street that has been abandoned since 1993. 

According to the resolution that passed unanimously, the Township "intends to acquire the property for purposes of redevelopment."  

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Council President Rick Tighe said the Township is applying for $4,500 in state aid through the Hazardous Discharge Remediation Fund to offset the cost of "the assessment and investigation of the property" to determine the extent to which there may be hazardous substances or waste on it.  

"This Administration, through our Director of Community & Economic Development, Fred Dumont, is focusing on rehabilitating our Bromley area," said Martin.  "By applying for the grant to report on the current environmental state of the old Nearpara plant, we will get a sense of the scope of work to fix up the site and turn it into something useful. 

"This is an ongoing project, and we will know more information once we get our initial report," added Martin. 

The goal, according to the resolution, is to redevelop the Nearpara site within a three-year period after it has been properly rid of hazardous waste. There are currently no specific redevelopment plans in place or potential future uses of the site.  

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